Early voting begins Saturday, Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 14 for Louisiana's Nov. 21 general election, with candidates urging supporters to cast their ballots in advance since the statewide and local races are expected to compete for attention on Election Day with college football games and hunting plans.
Here's a look at the ballot and how to vote in advance:
Louisiana voters will be asked to choose a new governor to replace Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited and leaves office in January.
In Louisiana's open primary election on October 24, the two candidates who had the most votes and who will square off in the Nov. 21 runoff are Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
In the runoff for lieutenant governor, Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden will face off. Holden is the mayor of Baton Rouge, while Nungesser is the former president of Plaquemines Parish.
The lieutenant governor leads Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and serves as the figurehead for the state's $11 billion tourism industry.
In the attorney general’s race, Republican incumbent Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will face a stiff challenge to hang onto his seat from former Congressman Jeff Landry, who received the endorsement of the state Republican Party.
On the local level, in the Lafourche Parish President’s race, voters will decide between Raceland businessman Jimmy Cantrelle and incumbent Charlotte Randolph.
Randolph now has a shot at an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office.
In the races for Lafourche Parish councilmen, District 6 incumbent Lindel Toups will face challenger Corey Perrillioux.
In District 8, incumbent Jerry Lafont will face a challenge from Gary Champagne.
Newly elected board members will be sworn in for their new four-year terms in January.
HOW AND WHERE TO VOTE
Voters are reminded that when you go to cast your vote you will be asked to identify yourself with either a photo ID or signature on a voter affidavit. You may use a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that has your name and signature.
The Registrar of Voters Thibodaux office is located in the government building at 307 W. 4th St., (985) 447-3256, while the Galliano office is located in the South Lafourche Library Building, 16241 E. Main, Suite B23, 985-632-5520. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, but closed on Sunday.
Posted on Tue, November 3, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette